It’s been over a decade since American psychologists Leaf Van Boven and Thomas Gilovich concluded that doing things makes people happier than having things. “To Do or to Have? That Is the Question” was the title of the study they published in 2003 (PDF), and it’s been cited hundreds of times since.
Many people now recognize that spending money on, say, a plane ticket for a vacation is more satisfying in the long run than purchasing a new television for the same price. But happiness studies keep evolving, and social scientists continue to find new ways of understanding precisely how our economic choices affect well-being.
A new paper, this one also co-authored by Thomas Gilovich, hones in on another difference between experiential and material purchases: how people feel before they make these purchases, when they’re simply entertaining thoughts of booking flights to the Caribbean or going to the movies, or thinking about shopping for clothing or jewelry.
Gilovich and his colleagues asked subjects to think about either an experiential or material purchase they were planning on making very soon, evaluate whether their anticipation made them feel excited or impatient, and rate the overall pleasantness of the anticipation.
The researchers also conducted a separate study in which they polled 2,226 adults on their iPhones at random times to ask whether the individuals were, in that moment, contemplating any future purchases (and if so, whether the purchase would be experiential or material, and whether they associated the thoughts with markedly pleasant, exciting, or impatient anticipatory feelings).
You Should Spend Money on Experiences, Not Things - CityLab

09.01.14 @ 20:53314

~   Unknown (via perfect)
that moment you realize that yes, you are in fact mable 

08.14.14 @ 22:0942506


Hey I made a soundcloud page to post all my dumb covers and stuff. In case anyone is into that kind of thing. 


A thought


I keep hesitating to post this but I think I will just do it. 

These are some songs that I wrote in the summer of 2002, that I have collected into an “album.” They are all from the same period in my life - 20, in university, feeling isolated and struggling with my anxiety and depression issues in a major way for the first time.  

I have never considered myself a musician but I am proud of these songs and would rather they exist beyond just inside of me and my computer.


Cosplayers: C&C Cosplay [tumblr / facebook]
Photographer: Zach Picard

cccakery doing the best Daft Punk cosplay #facti love you guys!

06.24.14 @ 20:47124

~   Sylvia Plath (via lovely—delight)
Somehow last night’s midnight showing of Harmontwon at Toronto’s Hot Docs Festival wasn’t sold out, which is a shame ‘cause it’s a good little documentary that really inspired me to get off my butt, create and interact with people more

04.26.14 @ 11:592

Finally uploading all my pictures from my pairs trip - you have been warned 

04.18.14 @ 14:242

Thanks to pinkysnails I now have nails fit for Beyoncé ♥

04.18.14 @ 14:222